The news media are not the best source for scholarly thinking around the allocation of scarce resources. Hyper-ventilating commentators who trigger hysteria about rationing do not allow for a productive discussion that helps the general public understand how healthcare professionals and ethicists have grappled with such issues for decades. Here is a thoughtful column from the New England Journal of Medicine that discusses health system capacity and the ethical values for rationing scarce medical resources in a pandemic.
Fair Allocation of Scarce Medical Resources in the Time of Covid-19
March 23, 2020
Ezekiel J. Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D., Govind Persad, J.D., Ph.D., Ross Upshur, M.D., Beatriz Thome, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., Michael Parker, Ph.D., Aaron Glickman, B.A., Cathy Zhang, B.A., Connor Boyle, B.A., Maxwell Smith, Ph.D., and James P. Phillips, M.D.
New England Journal of Medicine